sunburn

verb
sun·​burn | \ˈsən-ˌbərn \
sunburned\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ ˈsən-​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Definition of sunburn 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to burn or discolor by the sun

sunburn

noun

Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

Examples of sunburn in a Sentence

Noun

He has a bad sunburn. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Cindie Allen-Stewart, of Mount Calm, shared her decades-old family secret on Facebook hoping to help some friends who, like her, are prone to sunburn despite using sunscreen. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Texas mom's viral sunburn hack works, but it's not 'magical cure,' dermatologists warn," 3 July 2018 The child’s head, sunburned under the blond velvet, rested on the woman’s strong arm. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 If Tuohy were running barefoot, the bottom of her feet might be sunburned by the end of a long race. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, "America’s Next Great Running Hope, and One of the Cruelest Twists in Youth Sports," 8 June 2018 And now, aloe and hopefully goodbye to sunburn pain. Amy Bartner, Indianapolis Star, "Sunburns: Race weekend's top lobsters," 29 May 2018 After about six hours of sun exposure, 110 participants were sunburned on their SPF 50 side, and ten were sunburned on the SPF 100 side. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "Why Your Sunscreen Should Be SPF 100," 24 May 2018 Applying sunscreen to the entire area predisposed to sunburn is strongly recommended. Patty Khuly, miamiherald, "In summer, your light-skinned dogs need nontoxic sunscreen | Miami Herald," 3 May 2018 Expert fix: Though aloe has always been the go-to sunburn soother because of its ability to cool skin and take down redness, Dhaval G. Bhanusali, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City thinks hyaluronic acid is even more effective. Nicole Catanese, Cosmopolitan, "The 8 Most Annoying Skin Problems Every Girl Deals With," 24 Aug. 2017 So what's a girl (or guy) to do when faced with the dilemma of choosing a quick getaway in the months usually affiliated with debauchery, floating cocktails, and sunburns even worse than the all-day hangover? Marie Claire, "Cancun: Not Just a Spring Break Destination," 5 May 2010

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the first photo, her back is red with visible sunburn lines where straps had been. Amanda Macmillan, Health.com, "Can Shaving Cream Treat a Sunburn? A Dermatologist Weighs In on This Home Remedy Gone Viral," 28 June 2018 And the same ingredients that help your skin recuperate after a sunburn work here to bring down redness. Cristina Mueller, Glamour, "How to Deal With Every Summer Skin Issue, From Sunburns to Bug Bites," 8 June 2018 And will there be sunburns and stomachaches and forgotten baseball gloves and sibling spats and rain delays and traffic jams and other reminders that life is messy and imperfect even during the summer? Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "It's my summer of 'yes, and.' (Yes, it's July. And I'm panicking.)," 2 July 2018 Whatever the reason, a painful sunburn is a powerful reminder to not let your efforts fall short again. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "The Best Sunburn Remedies, From Soothing Balms to LED Treatments," 28 May 2018 In other words, the effects of a sunburn go beyond skin-deep. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "The Symptoms of Sun Poisoning (and How to Treat Them)," 11 July 2018 Aspirin is still the best anti-inflammatory for sunburns. Betsy Cribb, ajc, "The best way to heal a sunburn, according to a dermatologist," 1 July 2018 One biggie is photokeratitis, which is like a sunburn of the eye. Amanda Gardner, Health.com, "Why Those Tiny Sunglasses Celebs Love Aren't Actually Good for Your Eyes," 13 June 2018 The Skin Cancer Foundation says that having five or more blistering sunburns throughout your life more than doubles your odds of developing melanoma. Linda Searing, Washington Post, "The Big Number: Skin cancers kill a lot of people, and sunscreen is vital," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of sunburn

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sunburn

Verb

back-formation from sunburned, from sun + burned

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sunburn

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sunburn

: a condition in which your skin becomes sore and red from too much sunlight

sunburn

noun
sun·​burn | \ˈsən-ˌbərn \

Kids Definition of sunburn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a sore red state of the skin caused by too much sunlight

sunburn

verb
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Kids Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: to burn or discolor by exposure to the sun

sunburn

transitive verb
sun·​burn | \-ˌbərn \
sunburned\ -​ˌbərnd \ or sunburnt\ -​ˌbərnt \; sunburning

Medical Definition of sunburn 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to affect with sunburn sunburned skin

sunburn

noun

Medical Definition of sunburn (Entry 2 of 2)

: inflammation of the skin caused by overexposure to ultraviolet radiation especially from sunlight

called also erythema solare

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